MEET THE JUDGES 

SAM CARLISLE
SIMON WEST
PETER CARR 
GEOFF GARROD
ANDREW GRAINGER 
IAIN PARKER 
Sam Carlisle is the head of shooting campaigns at the Countryside Alliance. His work primarily involves running political campaigns that promote and defend shooting.  He previously worked at DEFRA.
Growing up on a farm in Suffolk that had a heavy emphasis on grey partridge conservation, he has always been aware of the close link between shooting and wildlife. He is a passionate shot, deer stalker and fly fisherman, and has travelled around the world pursuing these interests.
Simon is the executive director of the Gun Trade Association, protecting, promoting and representing trade interests in the political, licensing and enterprise fields at home and abroad. Previously he completed a full operational career in the army, spanning everything from advanced gun technologies to information warfare. He was awarded an OBE for developing concepts for the prevention of violent conflict. He is a deer manager, game shot and has run his own firearms business since 1997 making live-firing bronze cannon.
Group editor-in-chief of Future’s field sports titles, Peter Carr is the editor of Sporting Rifle and director-presenter of The Shooting Show. He is the author of several works on sporting pursuits, including Sport In Wildest Britain and The British Deer Stalking Bible, and has co-authored several collections of hunting and shooting expertise in book form. A keen hunter-conservationist, he has raised £100,000 through Sporting Rifle to combat poaching in southern Africa.
Geoff Garrod is a Trustee of the National Gamekeepers Organisation and a former deputy Chairman. Geoff is a well-known gamekeeper and came to prominence decades ago through the pioneering ‘Keepers Diary’ video journals and his regular appearances in the sporting press and The Shooting Show. In  addition to the above Geoff is also Head Keeper at Audley End Estate in Essex. Geoff has been a keeper since leaving school, starting at Six Mile Bottom  before moving on to Audley End where has spent the last 27 years with his wife Karen and sons Josh and Justin.  Geoff is an accomplished game and clay shot, stalker and fly fisherman.  
For the last 5 years Andrew has been the project manager at Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group. In this role he has helped many rural businesses connect with shooting sports to help diversify and develop their tourism offer. A lifelong country sports enthusiast, Andrew established a local pheasant shoot and through this has introduced many novices to the sport of shooting. As well as contributing articles to a number of shooting titles, he also developed the ‘Junior Macnab Challenge’ aimed at introducing young people to country sports.
The new CEO of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, Iain has worked at board level in the branded sports and lifestyle market in sales and marketing roles working with both national and global brands. Latterly, he worked as CEO in a brand licensing company promoting household name companies in a range of market sectors. His leisure interests include fly fishing and various forms of shooting.